However, 19-year-old Emily Bowman’s uncle, Neal Bowman, has let friends and followers know that the family is “cautiously optimistic” via her Facebook support page.
Emily Bowman, a Woodstock High School graduate, was visiting a friend in Athens to celebrate her birthday when she was hit by a Mazda pickup truck Feb. 16 around 3 a.m. while walking on the side of Oak Street near downtown.
Police have identified a 22-year-old suspect, but would only reveal Thursday that the investigation remains ongoing.
Neal Bowman wrote on the “Bows for Bowman” Facebook page, which has almost 7,500 likes, that his niece had a successful surgery Wednesday to relocate her breathing and feeding tube. He added that she is breathing “pretty well” with a ventilator.